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Grade 2 victory for Darrens Hope at Punchestown

The Liam and Valerie Brennan Grade 2 Novice Chase at Punchestown was won by the Bob Murphy trained Darrens Hope.

The only mare in the contest, Darrens Hope put in an exhibition of jumping and prevailed under a strong drive from her rider Danny Mullins. 

The 20/1 shot who was the ahead affairs for most of the race, had to battle hard after the final fence to see off the Gordon Elliott charge by a head. 

Winning trainer Bob Murphy said afterwards: ‘It was mighty, we knew she was in good form coming here today.  She is a mare that must be ridden from front. ‘

‘We are very lucky to have a good mare like her, for me to breed, own and train her and to win a Grade 2 is just very special.  

She has an entry in Fortria Chase next weekend at Navan, so we will have to see how she comes out of todays race.’

The eight-year-old daughter of Oscar started her career between the flags when winning her maiden at Ballynoe.  She has now won six races under rules for connections. 

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